Death toll rises to 40 in Vis-Min calamity

THE death toll from widespread flooding and landslides in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao regions rose to 40 as seven people drowned in the provinces of Eastern and Northern Samar.

The National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRMMC) identified the victims as Veneranda Maestre, Marcos Maestre, Gleiza Rivera, Jerome Cornala, Alfredo Alvero, Julius Elorando of Eastern Samar and Mark Paul Agilando of Northern Samar.

Reports said the seven fatalities were recorded over the last four days as rain continued to pour and cause flood in the area this past week.

The total damage to agriculture and infrastructure brought by the downpour also went up to more than P800 million – P283,768,497 in agriculture and P593,492,271 in infrastructure.

The reports added that 248,233 families or about 1,294,034 people from around 144 towns in Regions IV-B, V, VII, X, XI, Caraga and ARMM were affected by the calamity.

Among them are the 338,000 people, who fled from their homes and receiving disaster relief assistance from the government, and the 22,000 people staying in temporary shelters. Anthony Vargas

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